Contrast In Design: Placing opposites next to each other.
Contrast can be used in several ways. Contrast of texture. Contrast of pattern. Contrast of color. Today, we’re going to take a look at how contrast of color – and more specifically, the value and hue of color – affects interiors. When talking about color, value is a term used to describe the lightness and darkness of color. Hue is a term used to describe the spectrum of the color, and has a direct correlation with how we name colors. The hue may be blue, purple, yellow, etc.
First, let’s take a look at some monochromatic spaces. Monochromatic spaces use contrast very sparingly. Essentially, using a lack of contrast to create a very soothing feel. One item seems to just melt into the next – creating a soft look, that is comfortable and very easy to look at.
High contrast spaces create excitement, activity, and interest. You’ll see contrast not only in value (lightness & darkness), but also in hue in these spaces.
Consistent Hue, Contrasting Value
These spaces use a consistent hue, but different values (or shades) of that same color. Because of the consistent hue, these rooms have some of the soothing qualities of monochromatic rooms – with toned downs pops of interest from using the different values or shades.
Multi-Hue Balanced Contrast
Most of us are probably more comfortable and familiar with decorating our homes in a “Multi-Hue Balanced Contrast” look. Utilizing at least 2 to 3 different hues (or colors), in several different values.